Yes, i know, i still haven’t had a chance to blog about the two fantastic conferences i attended and presented at last week. It has been a seriously busy time here at MyHealthLondon and i have been (figuratively) snowed under. And of course got very soggy during the heavy rainfalls too.
I thought i would mention it as he even wrote about my presentation!
‘She brought home the real positive potential of online communities’
None more so than the session by the impressive Kat Cormack, who told us that at 23 this was her first event not as a ‘young person’ but as a health professional. Kat works for Young Minds, and is currently seconded to the NHS working on an app for young people with a focus on mental and sexual health and well-being. Calmly and quietly, Kat told us of her own history of self-harming, and the failure of many near to her to understand and cope with the challenge that that presented.
Where Kat had found help, and crucially peers that were slow to judge and quick to offer support was online, and she brought home the real positive potential of online communities to help provide the empathy and resilience needed by many vulnerable young people. It is hard to describe the feeling in the room as Kat finished her session without risking either sensationalising or trivialising the experience.
For many this was the affirmatory and positive peak of a day that generally avoided the demonising and critical nature of many such debates. And the session also served to emphasise that 50 per cent of the students currently in PRUs are not there for behavioural reasons, but for medical and, increasingly, mental health issues.Kat’s own blog now offers a lifeline and crucial resource links to young people who may find themselves where she was.
You can read the whole blog here